§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the number and expected cost to his Department of special advisers in(a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03. 
§ Ms Blears
There are currently 2 special advisers.1
Under the terms of the Ministerial Code, Cabinet Ministers may each appoint up to two Special Advisers.11Details of costs for Special Advisers within the individual departments are not given, in order to protect the privacy of the small number of individuals concerned.